US concrete giant sets course for UK growth with acquisition of Merseyside pumping company

US concrete giant sets course for UK growth with acquisition of Merseyside pumping company
Acquisition represents a continuation of American firm’s focused acquisition strategy in the UK

American concrete giant Brundage-Bone has continued its UK expansion with the acquisition of St Helens-based Reilly Concrete Pumping, one of the country’s largest privately owned concrete pumping companies.

Brundage-Bone has acquired Reilly through its Oxford Pumping Holding subsidiary which includes Camfaud Concrete Pumps, South Coast Concrete Pumping Limited and Premier Concrete Pumping Limited.

Oxford operates primarily in southern England and Wales while Reilly is focused on northern England and Scotland.

Brundage-Bone said the Reilly acquisition will provide Oxford with a more comprehensive footprint across the UK, allowing it to “provide its diverse customer base with a truly national service offering” on major infrastructure and commercial projects.

The Reilly management team will join Oxford to ensure a smooth transition for Reilly’s customers and employees. Terms of the Reilly transaction have not been disclosed.

Established in 1989, Reilly Concrete provides pumping hire services, concrete pumping services and concrete placing to clients in the infrastructure and construction industries.

The firm serves projects that include road construction, utility projects, waterfront developments, luxury apartment blocks and commercial office developments, and is still managed by founder Brendan Reilly, who remains actively involved in client relationships and the operational performance of the business.

Initially servicing the North West of England, Reilly Concrete now serves all of the UK from numerous depots including Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Leeds, Manchester, Scarborough and Stoke-on-Trent, Cumbria, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

The company has been involved in a number of major projects including the A500 by-pass; Kings Dock in Liverpool; East Midlands airport; and the national upgrade of the water and sewerage system.

Recent projects include working on the development of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool FC stadium and the Mersey Gateway project.

The firm is able to work on such major projects due to its specialist fleet which includes 52-metre concrete pumps, amongst the longest concrete booms available in the UK.

Last year, Reilly made a pre-tax profit of £1.07m on a turnover of £7.58m.

Tony Faud, managing director of Oxford, said: “We are very excited to be joining forces with Reilly. By adding the highly respected Reilly brand, we can now offer full national coverage to our customers. This investment will provide excellent opportunities for our United Kingdom management, staff and pump operators whose hard work, skill and commitment are vital to our business.”

Brendan Reilly, managing director of Reilly, added: “We look forward to joining Oxford to create a company that can offer a first-class concrete pumping service across the United Kingdom. We believe this transaction will offer a fantastic fit for Reilly’s employees and will be a smooth transition for our customers.”

The Reilly acquisition represents a continuation of Brundage-Bone’s focused acquisition strategy in the UK. In November 2016, Brundage-Bone acquired Camfaud, South Coast and Premier in concurrent transactions.

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